Using Stem Cells, Scientists Re-Create Memory Neurons That Succumb to Alzheimer's

Monday, March 7, 2011 - 15:30 in Health & Medicine

In a major breakthrough for Alzheimer's research, scientists have turned human embryonic stem cells and skin cells into brain cells associated with memory and learning, whose death is key to the progression of the disease. The finding could help scientists test new ways to keep the cells from dying, and could someday lead to lab-grown stockpiles that could be implanted into the brains of Alzheimer's patients. Jack Kessler, chairman of neurology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, cautions that the research is neither a treatment nor a cure, but it puts scientists on a path toward understanding how to treat memory loss, one of the most debilitating symptoms of Alzheimer's. Related ArticlesCell Phone Radiation Reverses Alzheimer's and Boosts Memory in MiceNew Brain-Protecting Compound Works in Rats; Could Make Alzheimer's a Distant MemoryNew Neurochip Listens Closer Than Ever To Brain Cells Communicating TagsScience, Rebecca Boyle, alzheimer's, Alzheimer's Disease, brain cells,...

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